'We lost the trick'

Even as Delhi coach Vijay Dahiya rued missed opportunities and the situation he finds his team in, his Karnataka counterpart J Arun Kumar wore a smile for the first time in a long time.

Arun Kumar has witnessed Karnataka get off to one of their worst starts in the domestic tournament this season and was under some fire. His team’s position as of day three of the Group ‘B’ encounter against Delhi at the M Chinnaswamy stadium is, however, something he was more than content with.

Karnataka, who were trailing Delhi by 66 runs after they scored 258 in their first innings, declared with the score on 475 for nine, leaving the visitors with an improbable chase of 410 runs with one day left.

“This is what I was talking about,” said Arun Kumar referring to the positive approach shown by his batsmen. “This is what I wanted them to do for so long. It was great to see it work. Of course we were jittery after we lost three quick wickets but Stuart (Binny) and Manish (Pandey) got settled and from there on, it looked really good,” added Arun Kumar.

Dahiya, meanwhile, said a victory was out of the equation but clinging on to a draw would help them fetch the innings lead and three points. “We lost the trick. We should have at least tried to check the run flow,” said the former India player. “Despite one of their batsman (Pandey) not in flow, they managed to get the runs. We could not capitalise on the situation.”

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